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Is Animal Liberation Going Mainstream?04/17/15
Americans are becoming aware that animals have intelligence, personalities and rich emotional lives. Accusations of mistreating killer whales and elephants have Sea World and Ringling Brothers changing their business plans. What about captive wild...
Are the Stakes of Standardized Testing Too High?
Atlanta educators have been sentenced to jail for cheating. New York parents are telling their kids to opt out of standardized testing. Now, education reform is getting a second look in Washington, with a bipartisan re-write of No Child Left Behind.
Cop Culture in the Crosshairs
After a series of videos that have gone viral, law enforcement is on the defensive in parts of America. Long-standing accusations of racial bias and abuse of force have been confirmed for many people, while others are taking them seriously for the...
Can the GOP Avoid Another Circus Primary?
Florida Senator Marco Rubio is just the latest announced candidate for next year's Republican presidential nomination. We hear how his campaign's shaping up against Rand Paul, Ted Cruz ? and nine other possible contenders.
Hillary Rebrands Herself for Another Run
Hillary Clinton's second announcement for President is a low-key contrast to what's described as her "alpha-male style" the first time around. But she's still one of the world's most famous people, hoping to raise a billion dollars between now and...
One Nation under God?but Since When?
American values may be compatible with the Christian Bible?but the Founding Fathers insisted on the separation of church and state. Yet many Americans believe they live in a historically "Christian Nation." We hear about a long-running campaign to...
Is ISIS in Retreat?
The losses of Kobani in Syria and Tikrit in Iraq are being taken as evidence that the so-called Islamic State is in trouble. Its revenue is reportedly drying up, and untrained recruits are replacing experienced soldiers. But ISIS still spreading...
Gay Rights, Religion and Republican Politics
Republicans are fighting among themselves over religious freedom and America's growing tolerance for the rights of gays and lesbians. We hear what that means politically?from new laws in Arkansas and Indiana to next year's presidential campaign.
Stigma, Depression and the Myths of Violence
Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz died with 149 others when he crashed an airliner in the French Alps. His mental condition can never be known, but speculation continues. We'll hear about depression, aggression?and how much reporting should be required for...
"Free-Range Parenting" and the "Nanny State"
Parents who want their kids to be free, independent and responsible are subject to visits from the police and oversight from child protective service agencies. Is "free-range parenting" a form of child endangerment?
A Parched West Struggles to Adapt to the Realities of...
California is adopting water restrictions for the first time? and that's the problem. It's the first time. Four years of drought have created an emergency, but 19th Century laws and 20th Century practices have created a 21st Century crisis, not just...
Will American Tourists Spoil Cuba?
For the first time since the US embargo of 1961, there's now a direct flight from New York to Havana. We hear what the relaxation of diplomatic restrictions will mean for American tourists and for the communist island 90 miles from American shores.
Iran's Nuclear Negotiations Go Down to the Wire
Negotiators in Switzerland are aiming for a political deal on Iran's nuclear program ? enough agreement to allow time for technical details to be worked out by the end of June. We get a progress report.
Multiple Crises in the Middle East as US Influence Declines
With new violence compounding more than decade of instability, the Obama Administration is struggling to keep up with the volatile Middle East. When past US involvement helped to create the current chaos, are there any new politics available to...
Should College Athletes Be Paid?
Boosters of big-time, "amateur" college sports say "student athletes" are getting free educations and possible pro careers, but critics say they are unpaid professionals victimized by academic fraud. Should they be paid?
Can Deliberate Plane Crashes Be Prevented?
Investigators now say Tuesday's Germanwings airline crash that killed 150 people was a "deliberate" act. The co-pilot locked the pilot out of the cockpit. A mysterious tragedy has now become a criminal case.
Coal, Clean Air and Presidential Power
Once again, the US Supreme Court appeared divided today on a challenge to the Obama Administration. Do the EPA's proposed regulations on coal-fired power plants exceed its authority to protect public health? Does the Clean Air Act require the agency...
Can the Republican Congress Get Anything Done?
Despite promised action by Republicans when they won the Senate, gridlock continues on Capitol Hill. But it's not just partisanship as usual. Divisions within the GOP have slowed routine government business ? and may delay enactment of the federal...
Netanyahu, the US and the Isolation of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu won reelection last week after a campaign that disparaged Israeli Arabs and renounced a Palestinian State. How much has that widened the gap between Israel and the US ? its most important historical ally? What's next at the United...
Diversity Is Selling Again in Prime Time
Some of this year's biggest hits on prime time, network TV feature blacks, Hispanics and Asians in major roles. They're produced and written by staffs that reflect America's ethnic diversity. Is the world of popular entertainment really changing ? or...
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